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San Juan woman gets 13-month prison term for latest felony drug conviction

A San Juan Island woman is bound for prison on the heels of her most recent felony drug conviction.

On June 4, Chelsea Sue Rogers, 25, was ordered to serve 13 months in prison after pleading guilty in San Juan County Superior Court the previous week to two counts of delivery of cocaine, a Class B felony. She was also ordered to pay $1,430 in fines and fees.

In mid-February, Rogers was sentenced to nine months in jail following a conviction for attempting to buy $14,000 worth of Oxycodone, a prescription painkiller, from an informant posing as a drug dealer as part of a federal Drug Enforcement Administration undercover operation. She was also ordered at that time to forfeit the $14,000 cash and the Lexus SUV she was traveling the day of her late October arrest near the ferry landing in Friday Harbor.

Rogers' brother, Jesse, was also arrested and prosecuted for his role in the attempted prescription painkiller buy, and later pled guilty to a felony drug crime as well.

According to court documents, Rogers sold a gram of cocaine to an informant working undercover with the San Juan County Sheriff's department on two separate occasions while out on bail and awaiting trial on the Oxycodone case. She was taken into custody in early May after local authorities concluded their investigation into the alleged cocaine sales and was serving part of the earlier sentence, on electronic home monitoring, at that time.

A Class B felony, delivery of cocaine carries maximum penalties 20 years in prison, a $50,000 fine, or both; however, the standard range of sentencing set by the state is 12-20 months in prison. Rogers was credited with having served 45 days of the 13-month prison term.

— Scott Rasmussen

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